ITS confidence boosted by a come-from-behind win over sister team Talk ’N Text last week, Meralco tries to include Alaska in its list of victims when they clash on Tuesday in the PBA Governors' Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Bolts, who are carrying an even 2-2 record, collide with the Aces (2-1) at 7:30 p.m.
Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio says beating Alaska is a tall order given the size and the presence of its power-playing import Wendell McKines.
“It is important to be above .500. We are 2-2 now so our goal is to find ways to compete and win against a solid Alaska team,” said Gregorio.
“Just like the way we won against fancied teams like Petron and Talk ’N Text, defense will be our focal point. So we must search for ways to get them (Aces) out of their comfort level,” he added.
Import Mario West is coming off a PBA career-best 47 points, including a 29-point second-half explosion to help the Bolts pull off a comeback from a double-digit deficit on the way to a 92-86 win against the Texters.
“It is not going to be an easy task but definitely doable. We will battle them on every possession, dive for every available ball and gang-rebound to offset their height and heft advantage,” explained the Bolts mentor.
Meantime, the Aces are looking to extend their streak to three following back-to-back wins against the Rain or Shine E-Painters (94-79) last week and against the Barangay Ginebra Kings (102-99) on Sunday.
“It’s just nice to get this (Ginebra) win. We were lucky with the schedule though now, baligtad na because we’ll be playing back-to-back-to-back naman,” said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo.
The Aces play their third game in five days on Friday when they play the San Mig Coffee Mixers.